FREMONT – Train enthusiasts and history buffs will have two opportunities to see a piece of moving history when a Union Pacific steam engine makes its way through Fremont.
Union Pacific’s historic “Big Boy” steam locomotive No. 4014 is touring the Union Pacific rail system throughout 2019, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad’s completion. The Big Boy will be in Fremont twice this summer. First, on Friday, July 12, arriving at 12:45PM, stopping at 10 S Main Street, and departing at 1:30PM. The historic locomotive will then make its way to Omaha, with a stop at the Union Pacific “home plate” depot at 12th & Cuming street. The Big Boy will be back in Fremont on Sunday, August 4. It will stop at the same location, arriving at 9:30AM and departing at 10:15AM on the second trip.
The Big Boy’s return to the rails is the product of more than two years of meticulous restoration work by the Union Pacific Steam Team. No. 4014 is the world’s only operating Big Boy locomotive. “We saw a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and large crowds during its inaugural run in May and expect the same in [Fremont],” said Ben Jones
Senior Director of Policy and Partnerships for Union Pacific.
Union Pacific’s Public Safety team will work with the Fremont Police to coordinate public safety to ensure that everyone is able to safely enjoy the stop. Pedestrians will be required to stand a minimum of 25 feet away from the tracks, but will be welcome to take photos and videos from this safe distance.